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Monday, February 19, 2018

New Integrated Foundation Classes (2018R1) Released!

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  New Integrated Foundation Classes (2018R1) Released!

 "THE" Framework for Appeon PowerBuilder & PowerServer!

(v2018.1.0.95 - February 14, 2018)
Integrated logging
        Software Tool & Die Inc (STD) are very pleased to announce that they have just released a new version 2018R1 (build 2018.1.0.95) of their Integrated Foundation Class library framework for PowerBuilder 2017R2, PowerServer 2017 Web and PowerServer 2017 Mobile!
  
     STD are also super excited as this release represents one of most significant enhancements to the Integrated framework that really exposes the power of Appeon PowerBuilder 2017R2! The new framework combined with PB2017R2 (Revision #2) really positions developers to take advantage of today's Agile and DevOps methodologies plus put a complete new GUI "punch" in your Native, Web and Mobile Apps  without buying expensive add-on products.

     For a summary of the previous framework version's feature set, please follow this link - 2017R3.
  
   The following are some of the highlights of the new combined framework and Appeon PowerBuilder 2017R2 versions at work, as follows:
  

Floating Toolbars

 
New MDI Child & Dockable window floating Toolbars

Database Heartbeat


New Transaction Object Heartbeat feature!

Tracked Windows


New Tracked Dockable Child Windows

   The latest Integrated framework version contains the following updates and has been tested with MS-Windows 10 O/S (Creator Edition), PB 2017R2 build #1756 and the PowerServer 2017 (build 1689). Testing inside of PB included Win32 (both P-code & M-code) and Win64 ( P-code) deployments. Testing inside of PowerServer Web & Mobile included latest Web Browsers, latest Apple Tablet/Smart Phone and Android Tablet/Smart Phone  deployments.

Note: All the STD frameworks are free and can be downloaded from its STD Foundation Classes SourceForge project website..

Release 2018.1.0.95 - Major Release (2018R1) - change highlights ...
  • Migration of entire framework from PB2017MR01 to PB2017R2.
  • Added code to "fn_open_sheet_window" to track Dockable sheets
  • Added code to "fn_open_sheet_window_withparm" to track Dockable sheets
  • Moved SHBrowseForFolder 64bit API in "nc_app_controller_master" to nc_app_controller64_master object
  • Added new variable to indicate the App is an IWA application in "nc_app_controller_master".  
  • Revised code to set IWA switch & log status if in DEBUG mode in "nc_app_controller_master".
  • Added new public function "of_is_iwa_app" in "nc_app_controller_master".
  • Added new public function "of_set_dockable_mode" in "nc_app_controller_master".
  • Added new public function "of_is_dockable_app" in "nc_app_controller_master".
  • Added code to the RetrieveEnd event of "vs_dc_graph_master" to handle graph creates in PowerServer Web & Mobile.
  • Added new public function "of_get_document_windows" in "nc_app_controller_master".
  • Added new public function "of_get_tabgroup_windows" in "nc_app_controller_master".
  • Added new public function "of_get_docked_windows" in "nc_app_controller_master".
  • Added new public function "of_get_sheet_windows" in "nc_app_controller_master".
  • Removed all extraneous code. Added instance Window PTR in "wn_debug_list_master".
  • Changed code to use save Instance Window PTR in "wn_debug_list_master".
  • Added code to resize the mle_windows control in "wn_debug_list_master".
  • Added code to Loop through the tracked windows & list them in the MLE in "wn_debug_list_master".
  • Added Trace Model tab page to "wn_debug_list_master".
  • Revised the code to fix the report type if Sheet is also dockable in "wn_main_master" of_get_window_open_type method.
  • Added boolean indicator for tracking being the current Active window in "wn_main_master".
  • Added new public function "of_get_sheet_windows" in "wn_master".
  • Added code to the Activate Event to Set Active Window indicator on focus in "wn_master".
  • Added code to the DeActivate Event to  Set the Active Window boolean to false when losing focus in "wn_master".
  • Added code to Fix for PowerServer Web bug SelectText in "wn_messagebox_master".
  • Revised GUI to present better on W10 & newer O/S versions in "wn_zoom_master".
  • Added code to mark the open state as SHEET for MAIN window types being opened in "fn_open_sheet_as_document".
  • Added code to mark the open state as SHEET for MAIN window types being opened in "fn_open_sheet_docked".
  • Added code to mark the open state as SHEET for MAIN window types being opened in "fn_open_sheet_in_tabggroup".
  • Added code to mark the open state as SHEET for MAIN window types being opened in "fn_open_sheet_withparm_as_document".
  • Added code to mark the open state as SHEET for MAIN window types being opened in "fn_open_sheet_withparm_docked".
  • Added code to mark the open state as SHEET for MAIN window types being opened in "fn_open_sheet_withparm_in_tabggroup".
  • Moved 64bit code to the 64bit App Controller object class "nc_app_controller64_master" from "nc_app_controller_master".
  • Added new "ns_http_client_master" base class for the new HTTPCLIENT object class.
  • Added new "ns_json_generator_master" base class for the new JSON Generator object class.
  • Added new "ns_json_parsor_master" base class for the new JSON Parsor object class.
  • Added new "ns_restful_client_master" base class for the new RESTFul Client object class.
  • Added new "of_set_transobject" method to the "ns_ds_master" object class.
  • Added new "of_get_transobject" method to the "ns_ds_master" object class.
  • Added new variables to support "heart beat" feature    in the "ns_sqlca_master" object class.
  • Added new "oe_heart_beat" event to the "ns_sqlca_master" object class.
  • Revised the "of_Connect" and "of_disconnect" methods in "ns_sqlca_master" class for the new Heartbeat feature.
  • Added new "of_set_heartbeat_time" method to the "ns_sqlca_master" object class.
  • Added new "of_set_heartbeat" method to the "ns_sqlca_master" object class.
  • Added code to control the HeartBeat feature if active SQL is found in the SQLPreview event of "ns_sqlca_master".
  • Added Transaction Object pointer and Get/SetTransObject methods to support Parent class pointer.    
  • Revised the "oe_resize" event code in "vs_tc_master" to fix resizing issue.
  • Revised the "resize" event code in "wn_log_viewer_master" to fix resizing for Dockable windowed App .

    The OrderEntry example application has also been updated to the new Integrated Foundation class framework version. You can download the example application from here. Also, check out the online "getting started" video series to accelerate your assimilation of the best framework for PowerBuilder & PowerServer!
   STD would also like to thank Novalys Corporation for their support of the Foundation Classes by supplying the VisualExpert product for the framework's documentation.


Enjoy!  

Regards ... Chris

Monday, February 12, 2018

STD Integrated Framework - Updated OrderEntry Example Application!

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Example OrderEntry Application Updated

STD Foundation Classes 2018R1



    The example OrderEntry application has been built utilizing both of the Software Tool & Die Inc. frameworks. The OrderEntry application has now been updated in this latest release to use the new Integrated framework 2018R1 (build 2018.1.0.95) and the Web Service framework 2017R2 (build 2017.2.0.65). It is also the first version of the OrderEntry example application built using the new PowerBulder 2017 R2 IDE release from Appeon.
New Dockable application look & feel with updated menus!
   
    Utilizing the STD frameworks, the OrderEntry application demonstrates how PowerBuilder 2017R2 and Appeon developers can really extend the functionality of their business applications for native, cloud, web and mobile use! The example application can not only be deployed as a 32bit native, Web or Mobile App - now for the first time, also a 64bit App as well.
  

3D Graph rendering with colour control!

  To download the latest example, please visit the STD Foundation home web site located in the SourceForge online community. Then select the OrderEntry application latest release from here!

Note: Please read the "ReadMe.doc" file for specific deployment information.

Enjoy!

Regards ... Chris

Friday, February 9, 2018

Visual Expert for SQL Server

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Visual Expert for SQL Server

   The official release of Visual Expert for SQL Server is now available.  It includes the same features as Visual Expert for Oracle and PowerBuilder.

  • Explore Transact SQL Code and SQL Server Schemas.
  • Run Impact Analysis and check Cross-references
  • Generate a CRUD matrix to find which code is using your SQL Server data, and how.
  • Source Code documentation
  • Code Review
  • Code Comparison
  • etc.
 


For more information - click here!

To try Visual Expert for SQL Server - click here!


Regards ... Chris

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

PowerBuilder Seminar in Italy

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PowerBuilder Seminar in Italy

https://www.appeon.com/products/appeon-powerbuilder.html

    Software Product Italian (SPI) Corporation will be hosting their annual seminar on March 20-21, 2018 at the Boscolo Astoria Hotel in Florence.

   Appeon CEO, Armeen Mazda, and Appeon MVP, Marco Meoni, will share with the attendees the updated PowerBuilder road-map and the technical details in the latest PowerBuilder R2 release.

  Please join SPI in Florence to have a face-to-face communication with Appeon and their local partner in Italy.

For more information ... click here!

Regards ... Chris

Thursday, February 1, 2018

PowerBuilder Seminar in Japan

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PowerBuilder Seminar in Japan

https://www.appeon.com/products/appeon-powerbuilder.html

Nippon Computer Systems (NCS) Corporation will host their annual PowerBuilder seminar to celebrate the release of PowerBuilder 2017 Japanese version on February 20, 2018 in Tokyo.

Appeon CEO, Armeen Mazda, will share with the attendees the updated road map for PowerBuilder including the key new features of PowerBuilder 2017 R2, released on January 31, 2018. In addition, NCS also share more PowerBuilder 2017 technical details.

For more information ... click here!

Regards ... Chris

Monday, January 22, 2018

Hands-on Look at PowerBuilder 2017 R2

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Hands-on Look at PowerBuilder 2017 R2

Upcoming Webcast

 
January 31, 2018 - 9:00 AM PST (SAN FRANCISCO)

    In this official Appeon Webcast, Appeon will share with you how PowerBuilder has been changed over the last 6 months, and update you on our direction.  This will be followed by a hands-on look and quick tutorial of new features in PowerBuilder 2017 R2.  Join us live to get the first-hand new features in the product and a chance to communicate with Appeon Stuff.

    Recording of the Webcast will be sent to all registrants, so we recommend you register even if you can’t attend. 

Presenters: Armeen Mazda, Chris Pollach

Register Now



Wednesday, December 13, 2017

An Appeon Christmas

Twas the Night Before Production
adaptation by Chris Pollach
'Twas the night before Production, when all through the Appeon house
Not a creature was stirring, not even Armeen’s mouse;
The stockings were hung by the developers chimneys with care,
In hopes that St. Nick’s software would
soon be there;

The PowerServers were nestled all snug in their racks,
While Light backed-up their data, oh there was stacks;
The marketing manager Sally
in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled down for a long tester's nap,

When out in the hall there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my Tablet to see what was the matter.
Away to the Appeon WorkSpace I flew like Macromedia flash,
Opened the Browser and enjoyed the animations splash,

Engineering's build of PowerBuilder R2 was like the new-fallen snow,
It gave promise of so many new features - listed below,
When, what to my wondering eyes - Santa did appear,
Riding in his sleigh pulled by eight tiny reindeer,

With a little native database driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment that DBMS was designed by St. Nick.
More rapid than streaming electrons the datum they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, as he categorized them by name;

"Now, Purple! now, John! now, Hill!
and VIXEN!
On, Julie
! on Steven! on, Danny and BLITZEN!
To the edge of the ISP! Through the Appeon fire-wall!
Now process away! Process away! Process away all!"

As the new applications under PowerServer 2017 did fly,
When they met with a user their new features they did try,
So up to the Browser menu the mouse pointers they flew,
To display a full load of new data, images, and animations too!

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the tablet - mystified,
A message signaling a new Mobile App had just arrived.
As I pointed my device to the new QR Code, and was turning around,
A message alerted me that the new application was ready … it looked sound.

The project manager was dressed all in fur, from her head to her feet,
And the red robe was all polished, and she even had someone to meet;
A bundle of Web & Mobile applications she had flung on her back,
Most of the programmer’s had agreed, so a DataWindow she also did pack.

The Engineers faces -- how they twinkled! Their dimples how merry!
Their cheeks were like roses, their noses like a cherry!
One droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
The “Technical Architect” his beard on his chin was as white as the snow.

The Logs from the PowerServer he held tight in his teeth,
New ideas for PowerBuilder & InfoMaker encircled his head like a wreath.
He had a broad face and a black belt round his belly,
Using moves he learned in TaeKwonDo, the guards shook like jelly.

The “release guy” was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself.
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And deployed all the new applications; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up all the PowerServers rose;

He sprang to his laptop, to his development team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew, for a beer at the pub “The English Thistle”.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out in the night,
"MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL, AND NO GPF’s IN SIGHT!"

   
Merry Christmas from everyone at Appeon!


Regards ... Chris